Turbulent Combustion Modeling
Denis VEYNANTE
∗
Laboratoire E.M2.C.
CNRS et Ecole Centrale Paris
Grande Voie des Vignes
92295 ChˆatenayMalabry Cedex,France
Luc VERVISCH
†
Institut National des Sciences Appliqu´ees de Rouen
UMR CNRS 6614/CORIA
Campus du Madrillet
Avenue de l’Universit´e  BP 8
76801 Saint Etienne du Rouvray Cedex,France
Nota:Ce cours a ´et´e donn´e dans le cadre des Lecture Series du Von Karman Institute (Belgique) en
1999,2001 et 2003.Une partie a fait l’objet d’un article de revue dans Progress in Energy and Combustion
Science en 2002.
∗
email:denis@em2c.ecp.fr;Tel:+33 (0)1 41 13 10 80;Fax:+33 (0)1 47 02 80 35
†
email:vervisch@coria.fr;Tel:+33 (0)2 32 95 97 85;Fax:+33 (0)2 32 95 97 80
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Foreword
Numerical simulation of ﬂames is a growing ﬁeld bringing important improvements to our under
standing of combustion.The main issues and related closures of turbulent combustion modeling are
reviewed.Combustion problems involve strong coupling between chemistry,transport and ﬂuid dy
namics.The basic properties of laminar ﬂames are ﬁrst presented along with the major tools devel
oped for modeling turbulent combustion.The links between the available closures are enlighted from
a generic description of modeling tools.Then,examples of numerical models for mean burning rates
are discussed for premixed turbulent combustion.The use of direct numerical simulation (DNS) as a
research instrument is illustrated for turbulent transport occurring in premixed combustion,gradient
and countergradient modeling of turbulent ﬂuxes is addressed.Finally,a review of the models for
nonpremixed turbulent ﬂames is given.
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Contents
1 Introduction 6
2 Balance equations 8
2.1 Instantaneous balance equations.................................8
2.2 Reynolds and Favre averaging..................................9
2.3 Favre averaged balance equations................................10
2.4 Filtering and Large Eddy Simulation...............................11
3 Major properties of premixed,nonpremixed
and partially premixed ﬂames 14
3.1 Laminar premixed ﬂames.....................................14
3.2 Laminar diffusion ﬂames......................................16
3.3 Partially premixed ﬂames.....................................22
4 Adirect analysis:Taylor’s expansion 23
5 Scales and diagrams for turbulent combustion 24
5.1 Introduction.............................................24
5.2 Turbulent premixed combustion diagram............................25
5.2.1 Introduction.........................................25
5.2.2 Combustion regimes....................................25
5.2.3 Comments..........................................29
5.3 Nonpremixed turbulent combustion diagram..........................30
5.3.1 Introduction.........................................30
6 Tools for turbulent combustion modeling 33
6.1 Introduction.............................................33
6.2 Scalar dissipation rate.......................................35
6.3 Geometrical description......................................36
6.3.1 Gﬁeld equation.......................................36
6.3.2 Flame surface density description............................38
6.3.3 Flame wrinkling description...............................41
6.4 Statistical approaches:Probability density function......................42
6.4.1 Introduction.........................................42
6.4.2 Presumed probability density functions.........................43
6.4.3 Pdf balance equation....................................44
6.4.4 Joint velocity/concentrations pdf.............................46
6.4.5 Conditional Moment Closure (CMC)...........................47
6.5 Similarities and links between the tools.............................47
7 Reynoldsaveraged models for turbulent premixed combustion 50
7.1 Turbulent ﬂame speed.......................................50
7.2 EddyBreakUp model.......................................51
7.3 BrayMossLibby (BML) model..................................52
7.3.1 Introduction.........................................52
7.3.2 BML model analysis....................................53
7.3.3 Recovering mean reaction rate fromtools relations..................56
7.3.4 Reynolds and Favre averaging..............................57
7.3.5 Conditional averaging  Countergradient turbulent transport............57
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7.4 Models based on the ﬂame surface area estimation.......................59
7.4.1 Introduction.........................................59
7.4.2 Algebraic expressions for the ﬂame surface density Σ.................60
7.4.3 Flame surface density balance equation closures....................65
7.4.4 Analysis of the ﬂame surface density balance equation................66
7.4.5 Flame stabilization modeling...............................73
7.4.6 Arelated approach:Gequation.............................73
8 Turbulent transport in premixed combustion 74
8.1 Introduction.............................................74
8.2 Direct numerical simulation analysis of turbulent transport..................74
8.2.1 Introduction.........................................74
8.2.2 Results............................................75
8.3 Physical analysis..........................................76
8.4 External pressure gradient effects.................................81
8.5 Counter gradient transport  Experimental results.......................81
8.6 To include countergradient turbulent transport in modeling.................84
8.7 Towards a conditional turbulence modeling?..........................85
9 Reynolds averaged models for nonpremixed turbulent combustion 86
9.1 Introduction.............................................86
9.2 Fuel/Air mixing modeling.....................................88
9.2.1 Introduction.........................................88
9.2.2 Balance equation and simple relaxation model for χ..................88
9.3 Models assuming inﬁnitely fast chemistry............................89
9.3.1 Eddy Dissipation Model..................................89
9.3.2 Presumed pdf:inﬁnitely fast chemistry model (IFCM)................90
9.4 Flamelet modeling.........................................90
9.4.1 Introduction.........................................90
9.4.2 Flame structure in composition space,Y
SLFM
i
(Z
∗
,χ
∗
)................91
9.4.3 Mixing modeling in SLFM.................................95
9.4.4 Conclusion.........................................97
9.5 Flame surface density modeling,Coherent Flame Model (CFM)...............97
9.6 MIL model..............................................98
9.7 Conditional Moment Closure (CMC)...............................100
9.8 Pdf modeling............................................101
9.8.1 Turbulent micromixing..................................103
9.8.2 Linear relaxation model,IEM/LMSE..........................104
9.8.3 GIEMmodel.........................................104
9.8.4 Stochastic micromixing closures.............................105
9.8.5 Interlinks PDF/Flame surface modeling........................106
9.8.6 Joint velocity/concentrations pdf modeling.......................109
10 Large eddy simulation 110
10.1 Introduction.............................................110
10.2 Unresolved turbulent ﬂuxes modeling..............................110
10.2.1 Smagorinsky model....................................110
10.2.2 Scale similarity model...................................111
10.2.3 Germano dynamic model.................................111
10.2.4 Structure function models.................................112
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10.2.5 Unresolved scalar transport................................112
10.3 Simplest approaches for combustion modeling.........................112
10.3.1 Arrhenius lawbased on ﬁltered quantities.......................112
10.3.2 Extension of algebraic Favre averaged approaches...................113
10.3.3 Simple extension of the Germano dynamic model...................113
10.4 LES models for non premixed combustion............................113
10.4.1 Linear Eddy Model.....................................114
10.4.2 Dynamic micromixing model..............................114
10.4.3 Probability Density functions...............................115
10.5 LES models for premixed combustion..............................116
10.5.1 Introduction.........................................116
10.5.2 Artiﬁcially thickened ﬂames...............................116
10.5.3 Gequation.........................................118
10.5.4 Filtering the progress variable balance equation....................119
10.6 Numerical costs...........................................122
11 Conclusion 122
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1 Introduction
The number of combustion systems used in transformation and transportation industries is rapidly
growing.This induces pollution and environmental problems becoming critical factors in our societies.
The accurate control of turbulent ﬂames therefore appears as a real challenge.
Computing is nowtruly on a par with experiment andtheory as a researchtool to produce multiscale
information that is not available by using any other technique.Computational ﬂuid dynamics (CFD) is
efﬁciently used to improve the design of aerodynamical systems,and today no real progress in design
can be made without using CFD.With the same objectives,much works have been devoted to turbulent
combustion modeling,following a variety of approaches and distinct modeling strategies.This paper is
intended to provide a generic reviewof these numerical models.
Awide range of coupled problems are involved in turbulent ﬂames:
• The ﬂuid mechanical properties of the combustion system must be well known to carefully de
scribe the mixing between reactants and,more generally,all transfer phenomena occurring in
turbulent ﬂames (heat transfer,molecular diffusion,convection,turbulent transport...).
• Detailedchemical reactionschemes are necessary to estimate the consumption rate of the fuel,the
formation of combustion products and pollutant species.Aprecise knowledge of the chemistry is
absolutely required to predict ignition,stabilization or extinction of reaction zones together with
pollution.
• Two (liquid fuel) and three (solid fuel) phase systems may be encountered.Liquid fuel injec
tion is a common procedure and the threedimensional spatial distribution of gaseous reactants
depends on complex interactions between the breakdown of the liquid sheets,the vaporization of
the liquid,turbulent mixing,and droplet combustion.
• Radiative heat transfer is generated within the ﬂame by some species and carbon particles result
ing fromsoot formation and transported by the ﬂowmotions.In furnaces,walls also interact with
combustion through radiative transfer.
Turbulent combustion modeling is therefore a very broad subject.All the aspects of the problemare
not addressed in the present review.We will only focus on the closure schemes developed and used to
understand and calculate turbulent transport and mean burning rates in turbulent ﬂames.The detail
of chemistry,its reduction,tabulation,...are not considered.However,the links existing between the
models are evidenced,similitude which is sometimes much stronger than usually though.
Numerical modeling of ﬂames is developed fromthe following steps (Fig.1):
• Under assumptions such as high activation energy limit,asymptotic analysis [1,2,3] allows the
analytical determination of ﬂame properties in welldeﬁned model problems (ignition,propa
gation of ﬂame front,instabilities and acoustics,...).This approach,limited to simpliﬁed situ
ations,leads to analytical results exhibiting helpful scale factors (dimensionless numbers) and
major ﬂame behaviors.Asymptotic analysis is particularly well suited to perform quantitative
comparison between various phenomena.
• Simpliﬁed experiments are useful to understand the basic properties of combustion (laminar
ﬂames,ﬂame/vortex interactions,...) [4,5].These experiments are accompanied by numeri
cal simulations of laminar ﬂames incorporating complex chemistry and multispecies transports
along with radiative heat losses [6].
• For given chemistry and transport model,in direct numerical simulation (DNS) all the scales of
the turbulence (time and length) are calculated without resorting to closures for turbulent ﬂuxes
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Fundamental studies (asymptotic analysis)
+
Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS)
+
Simplified Experiments
Analyze and understand
combustion and flame
Industrial devices
Numerical modeling to
reproduce and
anticipate trends
Validation
Figure 1:Combustion modeling steps
and mean burning rate.Turbulent ﬂames are analyzed in simple conﬁgurations to extract data
impossible to measure in experiments,andto isolate some speciﬁc phenomena (heat release,Lewis
number,...) [7,8,9,10,11].
Because of the large number of degrees of freedom involved in turbulent combustion,a full DNS
of a practical systemcannot be performed and averaging techniques leading to unclosed equations are
necessary.Models for turbulent ﬂames are then developed:closure techniques are proposed for un
known terms found in exact averaged balance equations.Once the models have been implemented in
numerical codes,validationprocedures are required.The numerical modeling is validatedagainst mea
surements obtained fromexperiments.Conﬁgurations as close as possible to actual industrial systems
are chosen for these tests.Then,the ultimate step is the simulation of a real combustion device.
The decomposition discussed in Fig.1 is quite formal.Turbulent combustion modeling is actually
a continuous ring between theoretical studies to analyze combustion,understand ﬂames and improve
models,implementation of these models into CFD,experimental measurements and comparison be
tween these experimental data and the numerical results...
Following a short presentation of the balance equations for reactive ﬂows (§ 2),a ﬁrst part is devoted
to a brief description of laminar ﬂames (§ 3).After a presentation of the unsuccessful Taylor’s expansion
for closing the mean burning rate (§ 4),the physical analysis leading to turbulent combustion diagrams
is developed (§ 5).Then,modeling tools available to derive turbulent combustion models are described
and the relations between a priori quite different formalisms are evidenced (§ 6).The next three sections
are devoted to combustion modeling in the context of Reynolds Averaged NavierStokes (RANS) equa
tions.For premixed turbulent combustion,one reviews the available closures for the mean reaction rate
(§ 7) and turbulent transport (§ 8).In a subsequent section (§ 9),the modeling of the mean burning rate
in nonpremixed turbulent ﬂames is addressed.The last section,§ 10,is devoted to a brief introduction
to large eddy simulation modeling.
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2 Balance equations
2.1 Instantaneous balance equations
The basic set of balance equations comprises the classical NavierStokes,species and energy transport
equations.These instantaneous local balance equations are,using the classical lettering [12,13,14]:
• Mass:
∂ρ
∂t
+
∂ρu
j
∂x
j
= 0 (1)
• Momentum(i = 1,2,3):
∂ρu
i
∂t
+
∂ρu
j
u
i
∂x
j
= −
∂p
∂x
i
+
∂τ
ij
∂x
j
+F
i
(2)
τ
ij
denotes the viscous force tensor and F
i
a body force.
• Species (Nspecies with k = 1,...,N):
∂ρY
k
∂t
+
∂ρu
j
Y
k
∂x
j
= −
∂J
k
j
∂x
j
+ ˙ω
k
(3)
J
k
j
is the molecular diffusive ﬂux of the species k and ˙ω
k
the mass reaction rate of this species per unit
volume.
• Total enthalpy h
t
= h +u
i
u
i
/2:
∂ρh
t
∂t
+
∂ρu
j
h
t
∂x
j
=
∂p
∂t
+
∂
∂x
j
J
h
j
+u
i
τ
ij
+u
j
F
j
(4)
u
i
τ
ij
and u
j
F
j
denote respectively the power due to viscous and body forces.
These equations are closed by expressions for the species molecular ﬂuxes and the viscous forces.
In practical situations,all ﬂuids are assumed to be Newtonian,i.e.the viscous tensor is given by the
Newton law:
τ
ij
= µ
l
∂u
i
∂x
j
+
∂u
j
∂x
i
−
2
3
µ
l
δ
ij
∂u
k
∂x
k
(5)
where the laminar viscosity µ
l
,depending on the ﬂuid properties is introduced.δ
ij
is the Kronecker
symbol.
Species molecular diffusivities are generally described using the Fick law,assuming a major species:
J
k
j
= −
µ
l
Sc
k
∂Y
k
∂x
j
(6)
Sc
k
is the Schmidt number of the species k,deﬁned as:
Sc
k
=
µ
l
ρD
k
(7)
D
k
is the molecular diffusivity of the species k relatively to the major species.
More complex expressions may be used to describe multispecies molecular diffusion.Soret effect
(species diffusion under temperature gradients) and molecular transport due to pressure gradients are
usually neglected.
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Enthalpy diffusion is described according to the Fourier law:
J
h
j
= −
µ
l
Pr
∂h
∂x
j
+
N
k=1
Pr
Sc
k
−1
h
k
∂Y
k
∂x
j
(8)
The Prandtl number Pr compares the diffusive transport of momentum (viscous forces) and tempera
ture.In the previous expressions,radiative heat transfers and Dufour effect (enthalpy diffusion under
mass fraction gradients) are neglected.The Prandtl number is written as a function of the thermal dif
fusivity λ and the constant pressure speciﬁc heat C
p
:
Pr =
µ
l
C
p
λ
(9)
Then,the Lewis number Le
k
of the species k,comparing thermal and mass diffusivities is introduced:
Le
k
=
Sc
k
Pr
=
λ
ρC
p
D
k
(10)
Under the assumption of unity Lewis number,the enthalpy diffusive ﬂux (Eq.8) is simpliﬁed and mass
fraction and enthalpy balance equations are formally identical.This assumption is generally made to
simplify turbulent ﬂame modeling.Nevertheless,thermodiffusive instabilities occur in premixed sys
tems when the Lewis number is lower than unity (for example for hydrogen).One direct consequence
of these instabilities is an increase of the premixed ﬂame area and of the global reaction rate [13,15].
2.2 Reynolds and Favre averaging
Unfortunately,the full numerical solution of the instantaneous balance equations is limited to very sim
pliﬁed cases (DNS [8,10,11]),where the number of time and length scales present in the ﬂow is not
too great.To overcome this difﬁculty,an additive step is introduced by averaging the balance equations
to describe only the mean ﬂowﬁeld (local ﬂuctuations and turbulent structures are integrated in mean
quantities and these structures have no longer to be described in the simulation).Each quantity Q is
split into a mean
Qand a deviation fromthe mean noted Q
:
Q =
Q+Q
with
Q
= 0 (11)
Then,the previous instantaneous balance equations may be ensemble averaged to derive transport
equations for the mean quantity
Q.This classical Reynolds averaging technique,widely used in non
reacting ﬂuid mechanics,brings unclosed correlations such as
u
Q
that are unknown and must be mod
eled.The numerical procedure is called Reynolds Averaged NavierStokes (RANS) modeling.
In turbulent ﬂames,ﬂuctuations of density are observed because of the thermal heat release,and
Reynolds averaging induces some difﬁculties.Averaging the mass balance equation leads to:
∂
ρ
∂t
+
∂
∂x
i
ρ
u
i
+
ρ
u
i
= 0 (12)
where the velocity/density ﬂuctuations correlation
ρ
u
i
appears.To avoid the explicit modeling of such
correlations,a Favre (mass weighted,[16]) average
Qis introducedandany quantity is thendecomposed
into Q =
Q+Q
:
Q =
ρQ
ρ
;
Q
=
ρ
Q−
Q
ρ
= 0
(13)
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The Favre averaged continuity equation:
∂
ρ
∂t
+
∂
ρu
i
∂x
i
= 0 (14)
is then formally identical to the Reynolds averaged continuity equation for constant density ﬂows.This
result is true for any balance equations (momentum,energy,mass fractions...).Nevertheless,Favre
averaging is only a mathematical formalism:
• There is no simple relation between Favre,
Q,and Reynolds,
Q,averages.A relation between
Q
and
Qrequires the knowledge of density ﬂuctuations correlations
ρ
Q
remaining hidden in Favre
averaging (see § 7.3.4):
ρ
Q =
ρ
Q+
ρ
Q
(15)
• Comparisons between numerical simulations,providing Favre averaged quantities
Q,with exper
imental results are not obvious.Most experimental techniques determine Reynolds averaged data
Qand differences between
Qand
Qmay be signiﬁcant (§ 7.3.4 and Fig.17).
2.3 Favre averaged balance equations
Averaging instantaneous balance equations yields:
• Mass:
∂
ρ
∂t
+
∂
ρu
j
∂x
j
= 0 (16)
• Momentum(i = 1,2,3):
∂
ρu
i
∂t
+
∂
ρu
j
u
i
∂x
j
= −
∂
ρ
u
i
u
j
∂x
j
−
∂
p
∂x
i
+
∂
τ
ij
∂x
j
+
F
i
(17)
• Chemical species (for Nspecies,k = 1,...,N):
∂
ρ
Y
k
∂t
+
∂
ρu
j
Y
k
∂x
j
= −
∂
ρ
u
j
Y
k
∂x
j
−
∂
J
k
j
∂x
j
+
˙ω
k
(18)
• Total enthalpy
h
t
:
∂
ρ
h
t
∂t
+
∂
ρu
j
h
t
∂x
j
= −
∂
ρ
u
j
h
t
∂x
j
+
∂
p
∂t
+
∂
∂x
j
J
h
j
+
u
i
τ
ij
+
u
j
F
j
(19)
The objective of turbulent combustion modeling is to propose closures for the unknown quantities
appearing in the averaged balance equations,such as:
Reynolds stresses
u
i
u
j
.The turbulence model provides an approximation for this term.The closure
may be done directly or by deriving balance equations for these Reynolds stresses.However,most
combustion works are based on turbulence modeling developed for nonreacting ﬂows,such as
k−ε,simply rewrittenin terms of Favre averaging,andheat release effects onthe Reynolds stresses
are generally not explicitly included.
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Species (
u
j
Y
k
) and temperature (
u
j
T) turbulent ﬂuxes.These ﬂuxes are usually closed using a gradi
ent transport hypothesis:
ρ
u
j
Y
k
= −
µ
t
Sc
kt
∂
Y
k
∂x
j
(20)
where µ
t
is the turbulent viscosity,estimated from the turbulence model,and Sc
kt
a turbulent
Schmidt number for the species k.
Nonetheless,theoretical and experimental works have evidenced that this assumption may be
wrong in some premixed turbulent ﬂames and countergradient turbulent transport may be ob
served [17,18] (i.e.in an opposite direction compared to the one predicted by Eq.(20),see § 7.3.5
and § 8).
Laminar diffusive ﬂuxes
J
k
j
,
J
h
j
,...are usually small compared to turbulent transport,assuming a suf
ﬁciently large turbulence level (large Reynolds numbers limit).
Species chemical reaction rates
˙ω
k
.Turbulent combustion modeling generally focuses on the closure
of these mean burning rates.
These equations,closed with appropriate models,allow only for the determination of mean quan
tities,that may differ from the instantaneous ones.Strong unsteady mixing effects,resulting from the
rolling up of shear layers,are observedin turbulent ﬂame,andthe knowledge of steady statistical means
is indeed not always sufﬁcient to describe turbulent combustion.An alternative is to use large eddy sim
ulation (LES).
2.4 Filtering and Large Eddy Simulation
The objective of Large Eddy Simulation (LES) is to explicitly compute the largest structures of the ﬂow
(typically the structures larger than the computational mesh size),while the effects of the smaller one
are modeled.LES is widely studied in the context of nonreactive ﬂows [19,20,21,22],its application
to combustion modeling is still at an early stage [23].As in RANS,the complex coupling between mi
cromixing and chemical reactions occurring at unresolved scales needs models,however,LES possesses
some attracting properties:
• Large structures in turbulent ﬂows generally dependon the geometry of the system.In opposition,
smaller scales feature more universal properties.Accordingly,turbulence models may be more
efﬁcient when they have to describe only the smallest structures.
• Turbulent mixing controls most of global ﬂame properties.In LES,unsteady large scale mixing
(between fresh and burnt gases in premixed ﬂames or between fuel and oxidizer in nonpremixed
burners) is simulated,instead of being averaged.
• Most reacting ﬂows exhibit large scale coherent structures [24],also especially observed when
combustion instabilities occur.These instabilities result from the coupling between heat release,
hydrodynamic ﬂowﬁeld and acoustic waves.They need to be avoided because they induce noise,
variations of the systemmain properties,large heat transfers and,even in some extreme cases,the
destruction of the device.LES may be a powerful tool to predict the occurrence of such instabilities
[25] and consequently improve passive or active control systems.
• With LES,large structures are explicitly computed and instantaneous fresh and burnt gases zones,
with different turbulence characteristics (§ 8.7) are clearly identiﬁed.This may help to describe
some properties of ﬂame/turbulence interaction.
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In LES,the relevant quantities Q are ﬁltered in the spectral space (components greater than a given
cutoff frequency are suppressed) or in the physical space (weighted averaging in a given volume).The
ﬁltered operation is deﬁned by:
Q(x) =
Q(x
∗
) F(x −x
∗
) dx
∗
(21)
where F is the LES ﬁlter.Standard ﬁlters are:
• Acutoff ﬁlter in the spectral space:
F (k) =
1 if k ≤ π/Δ
0 otherwise
(22)
where k is the spatial wave number.This ﬁlter preserves the length scales greater than the cutoff
length scale 2Δ.
• Abox ﬁlter in the physical space:
F (x) = F (x
1
,x
2
,x
3
) =
1/Δ
3
if x
i
 ≤ Δ/2,i = 1,2,3
0 otherwise
(23)
where (x
1
,x
2
,x
3
) are the spatial coordinates of the location x.This ﬁlter corresponds to an aver
aging of the quantity Qover a box of size Δ.
• AGaussian ﬁlter in the physical space:
F (x) = F (x
1
,x
2
,x
3
) =
6
πΔ
2
3/2
exp
−
6
Δ
2
x
2
1
+x
2
2
+x
2
3
(24)
All these ﬁlters are normalized:
+∞
−∞
+∞
−∞
+∞
−∞
F (x
1
,x
2
,x
3
) dx
1
dx
2
dx
3
= 1 (25)
In combusting ﬂows,a massweighted,Favre ﬁltering,is introduced as:
ρ
Q(x) =
ρQ(x
∗
) F(x −x
∗
) dx
∗
(26)
Instantaneous balance equations (§ 2) may be ﬁltered to derived balance equations for the ﬁltered quan
tities
Qor
Q.This derivation should be carefully conducted:
• Any quantity Q may be decomposed into a ﬁltered component
Q and a “ﬂuctuating” component
Q
,according to:Q =
Q+Q
.But,in disagreement with classical Reynolds averaging (ensemble
average),
Q
may be non zero:
Q
(x) =
Q(x
∗
) −
Q(x
∗
)
F(x −x
∗
) dx
∗
=
Q(x
∗
)F(x −x
∗
) dx
∗
−
Q(x
∗
)F(x −x
∗
) dx
∗
=
Q(x) −
Q(x) (27)
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where
Q(x) =
Q(x
+
)F(x
∗
−x
+
) dx
+
F(x −x
∗
) dx
∗
=
Q(x
+
)F(x
∗
−x
+
)F(x −x
∗
) dx
+
dx
∗
=
Q(x) (28)
To summarize:
Q =
Q;
Q
= 0;
Q =
Q;
Q
= 0
(29)
The relations used in RANS
Q =
Q,
Q
= 0,
Q =
Q,
Q
= 0 are true when a cutoff ﬁlter in the
spectral space is chosen (Eq.22).Then,all the frequency components greater than a cutoff wave
number k
c
= π/Δvanish.
• The derivation of balance equations for the ﬁltered quantities
Q or
Q requires the exchange of
ﬁltering and derivation operators.This exchange is theoretically valid only under restrictive as
sumptions and is wrong,for example,when the ﬁlter size varies (ﬁlter size corresponding to the
mesh size,depending on the spatial location).This point has been carefully investigated [26].In
most simulations,the uncertainties due to this operator exchange are neglected and assumed to
be incorporated in subgrid scale modeling.
Filtering the instantaneous balance equations leads to equations formally similar to the Reynolds
averaged balance equations given in § 2.3:
• mass:
∂
ρ
∂t
+
∂
ρu
j
∂x
j
= 0 (30)
• momentum(for i = 1,2,3):
∂
ρu
i
∂t
+
∂
ρu
j
u
i
∂x
j
= −
∂
∂x
j
[
ρ( u
i
u
j
−u
i
u
j
)] −
∂
p
∂x
i
+
∂
τ
ij
∂x
j
+
F
i
(31)
• Chemical species (Nspecies,k = 1,...,N):
∂
ρ
Y
k
∂t
+
∂
ρu
j
Y
k
∂x
j
= −
∂
∂x
j
ρ
u
j
Y
k
−u
j
Y
k
+
˙ω
k
(32)
• Total enthalpy h
t
= h +u
i
u
i
/2:
∂
ρ
h
t
∂t
+
∂
ρu
j
h
t
∂x
j
= −
∂
∂x
j
ρ
u
j
h
t
−u
j
h
t
+
∂
p
∂t
+
∂
∂x
j
J
h
j
+
u
i
τ
ij
+
u
j
F
j
(33)
where
Qand
Qdenote LES ﬁltered quantities instead of ensemble means.
The unknown quantities are:
 Unresolved Reynolds stresses ( u
i
u
j
−u
i
u
j
),requiring a subgrid scale turbulence model.
 Unresolved species ﬂuxes
u
j
Y
k
−u
j
Y
k
and enthalpy ﬂuxes
u
j
h
t
−u
j
h
t
.
 Filtered laminar diffusion ﬂuxes
J
k
j
,
J
h
j
.
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 Filtered chemical reaction rate
˙ω
k
.
These ﬁltered balance equations,coupled to subgrid scale models may be numerically solved to
simulate the unsteady behavior of the ﬁltered ﬁelds.Compared to direct numerical simulations (DNS),
part of the information contained in the unresolved scales is lost (and should be modeled).Compared
to RANS,LES provides a valuable information on the large resolved motions.
Either using RANS or LES,combustion occurs at the unresolved scales of the computations.Then,
the basic tools and formalism of turbulent combustion modeling are somehow the same for both tech
niques.Most of the RANS combustion models can be modiﬁed and adapted to LES modeling (see § 10).
3 Major properties of premixed,nonpremixed
and partially premixed ﬂames
3.1 Laminar premixed ﬂames
The structure of a laminar premixed ﬂame is displayed in Fig.2.Fresh gases (fuel and oxidizer mixed
at the molecular level) and burnt gases (combustion products) are separated by a thin reaction zone
(typical thermal ﬂame thickness,δ
l
,are about 0.1 to 1 mm).A strong temperature gradient is observed
(typical ratios between burnt and fresh gases temperatures are about 5 to 7).Another characteristic
of a premixed ﬂame is its ability to propagate towards the fresh gases.Because of the temperature
gradient and the corresponding thermal ﬂuxes,fresh gases are preheated and then start to burn.The
local imbalance between diffusion of heat and chemical consumption leads to the propagation of the
front.The propagation speed S
L
of a laminar ﬂame depends on various parameters (fuel and oxidizer
compositions,fresh gases temperature,...) and is about 0.1 to 1 m/s.There is an interesting relation
between the thermal ﬂame thickness,δ
l
,the laminar ﬂame speed,S
L
and the kinematic viscosity of the
fresh gases,ν:
Re
f
=
δ
l
S
L
ν
≈ 4 (34)
The ﬂame Reynolds number,Re
f
,is then almost constant.This relation,derived,for example,fromthe
Zeldovich/FrankKamenetskii (ZFK) theory [13,14] is often implicitly used in theoretical derivation of
models for premixed turbulent combustion.
For a onestep irreversible simple chemical scheme:
Reactants −→ Products
the ﬂame is described using a progress variable c,such as c = 0 in the fresh gases and c = 1 in the fully
burnt ones.This progress variable may be deﬁned as a reducedtemperature or a reduced mass fraction:
c =
T −T
u
T
b
−T
u
or c =
Y
F
−Y
u
F
Y
b
F
−Y
u
F
(35)
where T,T
u
and T
b
are respectively the local,the unburnt gases and the burnt gases temperatures.Y
F
,
Y
u
F
and Y
b
F
are respectively the local,unburnt gases and burnt gases fuel mass fractions.Y
b
F
is non
zero for a rich combustion (fuel in excess).For an unity Lewis number (same molecular and thermal
diffusivities),without heat losses (adiabatic combustion) and compressibility effects,the two deﬁnitions
(35) are equivalent and mass and energy balance equations reduce to a single balance equation for the
progress variable:
∂ρc
∂t
+∙ (ρuc) = ∙ (ρDc) + ˙ω (36)
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fresh gases
(fuel and oxidizer)
burnt gases
S
l
flame
temperature
fuel
oxidizer
reaction rate
preheat
zone
reaction
zone
Figure 2:Structure of a laminar plane premixed ﬂame.
The previous equation (36) may be recast under a propagative form,introducing the displacement
speed w of the isoc surface:
∂c
∂t
+u ∙ c =
1
ρ
∙ (ρDc) + ˙ω
c
displacement speed
c = wc (37)
Equation (36) then describes the displacement of an isoc surface with the displacement speed w mea
sured relatively to the ﬂow.Introducing the vector n normal to the isoc surface and pointing towards
fresh gases (n = −c/c),the displacement speed may be split into three contributions:
w =
1
ρc
nn:(ρDc) −D∙ n +
1
ρc
˙ω
w = −
1
ρc
∂
∂n
(ρDc)
w
n
−D∙ n
w
c
+
1
ρc
˙ω
w
r
(38)
where ∂/∂n = n∙ denotes a normal derivative.w
n
corresponds to molecular diffusion normal to isoc
surface,w
c
is related to the curvature ∙ n of this surface and corresponds to tangential diffusion.w
r
is due to the reaction rate ˙ω.In a ﬁrst approximation,w
n
+w
r
may be modeled with the laminar ﬂame
15
FUEL
OXIDIZER
FLAME
fuel
oxidizer
temperature
reaction rate
Figure 3:Generic structure of a laminar diffusion ﬂame.
speed,S
L
,whereas w
c
incorporates wrinkling surface effects and may be expressed using Markstein
lengths [27].
The propagationof reactive fronts has been the subject of various developments and more discussion
may be found in [2] and references therein.
3.2 Laminar diffusion ﬂames
In laminar diffusion ﬂames,fuel and oxidizer are on both sides of a reaction zone where the heat is
released.The burning rate is controlled by the molecular diffusion of the reactants toward the reaction
zone (Fig.3).In a counterﬂowing fuel and oxidizer ﬂame (Fig.4),the amount of heat transported away
fromthe reaction zone is exactly balanced by the heat releasedby combustion.Asteady planar diffusion
ﬂame with determined thickness may be observed in the vicinity of the stagnation point.Increasing
the jets velocity,quenching occurs when the heat ﬂuxes leaving the reaction zone are greater than the
chemical heat production.The structure of a steady diffusion ﬂame therefore depends on ratios between
characteristic times representative of molecular diffusion and chemistry [28].The thicknesses of the
mixing zone and of the reaction zone vary with these characteristic times.In opposition with premixed
ﬂames:
• Diffusion ﬂames do not beneﬁt froma selfinduced propagation mechanism,but are mainly mix
ing controlled.
• The thickness of a diffusion ﬂame is not constant,but depends on the local ﬂowproperties.
Let us consider the irreversible single step chemical reaction between fuel and oxidizer:
F +s O →(1 +s) P
where s is the mass stoichiometric coefﬁcient.In term of mass fraction,this chemical reaction may be
written:
16
Fuel
Z = 1
Oxidizer
Z = 0
Z = Z
st
Figure 4:Sketch of a counterﬂowing fuel and oxidizer diffusion ﬂame.
ν
F
Y
F
+ν
o
Y
o
→ν
P
Y
P
where Y
F
,Y
O
and Y
P
are the mass fractions of the fuel,the oxidizer and the product respectively.ν
i
are the stoichiometric molar coefﬁcients of the reaction,W
i
denotes the species molar weight and ˙ω is
the reaction rate.The balance equations for mass fractions and temperature are necessary to identify the
properties of the ﬂame:
∂ρY
F
∂t
+∙ (ρuY
F
) = ∙ (ρD
F
Y
F
) −ν
F
W
F
˙ω
∂ρY
O
∂t
+∙ (ρuY
O
) = ∙ (ρD
O
Y
O
) −ν
F
W
O
˙ω
∂ρT
∂t
+∙ (ρuT) = ∙
λ
C
p
T
+ν
F
W
F
Q
C
p
˙ω
The molecular diffusion is expressed using the Fick law,the chemical rate of fuel and oxidizer are re
spectively ˙ω
F
= ν
F
W
F
˙ω and ˙ω
O
= ν
O
W
O
˙ω.Q is the amount of heat released by the combustion of an
unit mass of fuel.
The internal structure of diffusion ﬂames is usually discussed using the extent of mixing between
fuel and oxidizer.It is ﬁrst assumed that fuel and oxidizer molecular diffusivities are equal (i.e.D
F
=
D
O
= D).Combining the transport equation for Y
F
and Y
O
,a conserved scalar (quantity that does
not see the chemical reaction,a SchwabZeldovitch variable) ϕ(Y
F
,Y
O
) = Y
F
− Y
O
/s is introduced,
with the mass stoichiometric coefﬁcient s = (ν
O
W
O
/ν
F
W
F
).The mixture fraction Z is then deﬁned by
17
Z
st
Z
Y
F,o
0
1
Fuel
Z
st
Y
O,o
0
1
Oxidizer
Z
Z
st
T
f
0
1
Temperature
T
O,o
T
F,o
l
r
~ l
d
(Da)
1/(1+
a)
l
d
~ ( D/ )
1/2
Lengths in
physical space
Infinitely fast chemistry
Mixing without reaction
Finite rate chemistry
Z
*
Figure 5:Inner structure of nonpremixed ﬂames.The distribution in mixture fraction space of fuel,ox
idizer and temperature lies between the inﬁnitely fast chemistry limit and the pure mixing case.The
thickness of the diffusive zone l
d
is estimated fromthe scalar dissipation rate χ at the stoichiometric sur
face,whereas the characteristic thickness of the reaction zone l
r
depends on both l
d
and the Damk¨ohler
number.From[11].
18
normalizing ϕ using values in the fuel and oxidizer streams.Z evolves through the diffusive layer from
zero (oxidizer) to unity (fuel):
Z =
φ
Y
F
Y
F,o
−
Y
O
Y
O,o
+1
φ +1
(39)
Y
F,o
is the fuel mass fraction in the fuel feeding stream.Similarly,Y
O,o
is the oxidizer mass fraction in the
oxidizer stream(for instance,in air,Y
O,o
≈ 0.23),φ is the equivalence ratio of the nonpremixed ﬂame:
φ =
sY
F,o
Y
O,o
(40)
The mixture fraction follows the balance equation:
∂ρZ
∂t
+∙ (ρuZ) = ∙ (ρDZ) (41)
Other SchwabZeldovitch variables ϕ(Y
F
,T) and ϕ(Y
O
,T) (conserved scalars) may be derived by
combining the variables (Y
F
,T) and(Y
O
,T).The mixture fractionandthese additional conserved scalars
are linearly related and one may write:
Y
O
(x
,t) = Y
O,o
(1 −Z(x
,t))
Mixing
+
ν
O
W
O
ν
F
W
F
C
p
Q
Z(x
,t)(T
F,o
−T
O,o
) +(T
O,o
−T(x
,t))
Combustion
(42)
Y
F
(x
,t) =
Z(x
,t) Y
F,o
+
C
p
Q
Z(x
,t)(T
F,o
−T
O,o
) +(T
O,o
−T(x
,t))
(43)
where T
O,o
and T
F,o
are the temperatures of the fuel and oxidizer streams respectively.Using these
algebraic relations,the diffusion ﬂame is fully determined when the mixture fraction Z and either one
of T,Y
F
,or Y
O
is known.
The conserved scalar approach may still be useful when fuel and oxidizer molecular diffusivities
differ,but an additional mixture fraction:
Z
L
=
Φ
Y
F
Y
F,o
−
Y
O
Y
O,o
+1
Φ+1
(44)
should be introduced,verifying [29]:
ρ
DZ
Dt
=
1
L
.
λ
C
p
Z
L
(45)
where:
L = Le
O
(1 +φ)/(1 +Φ) with Φ = (Le
O
/Le
F
)φ (46)
where Le
i
is the Lewis number of the species i.The relations between Z and Z
L
are given in Table 1.
When Le
O
= Le
F
,Z
L
= Z.In experiments or in simulations involving complex chemistry,the mixture
fraction is deﬁned frommass fractions of atomic elements [30].
Mass fractions and temperature balance equations may be reorganized into a newframe where Z is
one of the coordinates (see for instance [13] or [31]).A local orthogonal coordinate system attached to
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Oxidizer side
Fuel side
Z < Z
st
and Z
L
< Z
L
st
Z > Z
st
and Z
L
> Z
L
st
Z = Z
L
(1 +Φ)/(1 +φ)
Z = (φ(Z
L
(1 +Φ) −1)/Φ+1)/(1 +φ)
Y
F
= 0
Y
O
= 0
Y
O
= Y
O,o
(1 −Z(1 +φ))
Y
F
= Y
F,o
(Z(1 +φ) −1)/φ
T = (T
f
−T
O,o
)Z(φ +1) +T
O,o
T = (T
F,o
−T
f
)(Z(φ +1) −1)/φ +T
f
Table 1:Piecewise relations for inﬁnitely fast chemistry including nonunity Lewis number.Z
st
=
1/(1 +φ) and Z
L
st
= 1/(1+Φ) (see Eq.46).The subscript
o
denotes a quantity measured in pure fuel or
oxidizer,T
f
is the ﬂame temperature.
the surface of stoichiometric mixture is introduced and the derivatives in the stoichiometric plane are
denoted
⊥
.For unity Lewis number and using Eq.(41),the species transport equation writes:
ρ
∂Y
i
∂t
+ρu
⊥
∙
⊥
Y
i
= ρχ
∂
2
Y
i
∂Z
2
+
⊥
∙ (ρD
⊥
Y
i
) −ρD
⊥
(lnZ) ∙
⊥
Y
i
+ ˙ω
i
(47)
In Eq.(47),χ is the scalar dissipation rate of the mixture fraction Z:
χ = D
∂Z
∂x
j
∂Z
∂x
j
= DZ
2
(48)
measuring the inverse of a diffusive time τ
χ
= χ
−1
.As this time decreases,mass and heat transfers
through the stoichiometric surface are enhanced.
When isoZ surface curvatures are not too strong,the gradients measured along the stoichiometric
surface are smaller than the gradients in the direction Z perpendicular to the stoichiometric surface,the
balance equation for the mass fractions reduces to:
ρ
∂Y
i
∂t
= ρχ
∂
2
Y
i
∂Z
2
+ ˙ω
i
(49)
Neglecting unsteady effects,the time derivative vanishes and for unity Lewis numbers,the ﬂame struc
ture is fully described by:
ρχ
∂
2
Y
i
∂Z
2
+ ˙ω
i
= 0 and ρχ
∂
2
T
∂Z
2
+ ˙ω
T
= 0 (50)
showing that the chemical reaction rate is directly related to the function T(Z,χ).Under these hypoth
esis,the diffusion ﬂame is completely determined as a function of the mixture fraction Z and the scalar
dissipation rate χ (or Z):
Y
i
= Y
i
(Z,χ);T = T (Z,χ)
Expression for χ(Z,t) and full solutions for various laminar ﬂames may be derived fromasymptotic
developments [28,32],or solving Eq.(50) leading to Fig.5.
Diffusion combustion is limited by two regimes corresponding to pure mixing of the reactants and
inﬁnitely fast chemistry (Fig.5).When the chemistry is inﬁnitely fast,the temperature depends on
mixing through Z,but not on the rate of mixing χ [33].Then,piecewise relationships exist between Z,
20
Extinction
Ignition
Infinitely
fast chemistry
Da
q
Da
i
Da
= (
c
st
)
1
Heat released
Finite rate
chemistry
*
*
*
Figure 6:Generic response of the heat released by a onedimensional strained diffusion ﬂame versus
Damkh¨ohler number.The dash line denotes inﬁnitely fast chemistry.Da
∗
q
and Da
∗
i
are the critical
values of Da
∗
= (τ
c
χ
st
)
−1
at quenching and ignition respectively.τ
c
is a given chemical time and
χ
st
= DZ
2
Z=Z
st
is the scalar dissipation rate under stoichiometric conditions.
Z
L
,species mass fractions and temperature,summarized in Table 1.Eq.(43) provides the maximum
ﬂame temperature T
f
obtained when Y
F
= Y
O
= 0 and Z = Z
st
= 1/(1 +φ)
T
f
=
T
F,o
+T
O,o
φ +Y
F,o
Q
C
p
1 +φ
In many combustion systems,the inﬁnitely fast chemistry hypothesis cannot be invoked everywhere.
For example in ignition problems or in the vicinity of stabilization zones,and more generally when
large velocity gradients are found.The characterization of diffusion ﬂames from the inﬁnitely fast
chemistry situation to the quenching limit is therefore of fundamental interest for turbulent combus
tion.The counterﬂow diffusion ﬂame (Fig.4) is a generic conﬁguration well suited to reproduce and
to understand the structure and the extinction of laminar diffusion ﬂames.These extinction phenom
ena have been theoretically described using asymptotic developments [28,32,34].A diffusive time
τ
χ
≈ χ
−1
st
= (DZ
2
)
−1
Z=Z
st
and a chemical time τ
c
are combined to build a Damk¨ohler number
Da
∗
= (τ
χ
/τ
c
) ≈ (τ
c
χ
st
)
−1
.The response of the burning rate to variations of Da
∗
leads to the socalled
“S” curve (Fig.6) [13].Starting from a situation where the chemistry is fast,decreasing Da
∗
(increas
ing χ) makes the burning rate and transport through the stoichiometric surface greater,until chemistry
cannot keep up with the large heat ﬂuxes.Then,extinction develops.The value of the Damk¨ohler Da
∗
q
at the extinction point may be estimated by quantifying the leakage of fuel (or oxidizer) through the
stoichiometric surface [35].
Two limit cases are thus important for nonpremixed turbulent combustion modeling:pure mixing
without combustion (Da
∗
→ 0) and inﬁnitely fast chemistry (Da
∗
→ ∞).These cases delineate the
domain where ﬂames may develop in planes (Z,Y
F
),(Z,Y
O
) and (Z,T) (Fig.5).Moreover,for a given
location within a diffusion ﬂame,by traveling along the normal to the stoichiometric surface,T(Z) can
21
Fuel
Oxidizer
Triple point
Lean premixed flame
Rich premixed flame
Stoichiometric line
x
y
Figure 7:Schematic of a freely propagating triple ﬂame.
be constructed and characterizes the combustion regime (i.e.fast or slow chemistry,Fig.5).Many tur
bulent combustion models are based on this description of diffusion ﬂame;when the ﬂowis turbulent,
T(Z) is replaced by the mean temperature calculated for a given value of Z,i.e.for a given state in the
mixing between fuel and oxidizer.
3.3 Partially premixed ﬂames
In nonpremixed combustion,some partial premixing of the reactants may exist before the reaction zone
develops.Then,the pure diffusive/reactive layer,as observed in a laminar diffusion ﬂame,may not
be the unique relevant model problem.Furthermore,many ﬂames in burners are stabilized by the
recirculation of burnt gases,leading to stabilization mechanisms controlled by the mixing between fuel,
oxidizer,and burnt gases.The mixtures feeding the reaction zone are then not always pure fuel and
pure oxidizer.
There are situations where partial premixing is clearly important:
• Autoignition in a nonhomogeneous distribution of fuel and oxidizer,where the reactants can be
mixed before autoignition occurs.
• Laminar or turbulent ﬂame stabilization,when combustion does not start at the very ﬁrst interface
between fuel and oxidizer in the vicinity of burner exit,so that fuel and oxidizer may mix without
burning.
• After quenching of the reaction zone,the reactants may mix leading to possibility of reignition
and combustion in a partially premixed regime [36].
The triple ﬂame is an interesting model problem to approach partially premixed combustion.In a
laminar shear layer where the mixing between cold fuel and oxidizer develops,a diffusion ﬂame may
be stabilized at the splitter plate by the combination of heat losses with viscous ﬂow effects,or,further
downstream [37].In this latter case,combustion starts in aregion where fuel and oxidizer have been
mixed in stoichiometric proportion.The resulting premixed kernel tends to propagate towards fresh
gases and contributes to the stabilization of the trailing diffusion ﬂame.In a mixing layer conﬁguration,
the stoichiometric premixed kernel evolves to a rich partially premixed ﬂame in the direction of the fuel
22
stream,while a lean partially premixed ﬂame develops on the air side (Fig.7).These two premixed
ﬂames are curved because their respective propagation velocities decrease when moving away fromthe
stoichiometric condition.The overall structure,composed of two premixed ﬂames and of a diffusion
ﬂame,is usually called “triple ﬂame”.Such triple ﬂames have been ﬁrstly experimentally observed by
Phillips [38].Since this pioneer work,more recent experiments have conﬁrmed the existence of triple
ﬂames in laminar ﬂows [39,40,41].Theoretical studies [42,43,44,45,46] and numerical simulations
[47,48,49,50,51] have beendevotedto triple ﬂames.The propagationspeedof triple ﬂames is controlled
by two parameters:the curvature of the partially premixed front,increasing with the scalar dissipation
rate imposed in front of the ﬂame,and the amount of heat release.The effect of heat release is to
deviate the ﬂowupstreamof the triple ﬂame,making the triple ﬂame speedgreater than the propagation
speed of a planar stoichiometric ﬂame.This deviation also induces a decrease of the mixture fraction
gradient in the trailing diffusion ﬂame.The triple ﬂame velocity decreases when increasing the scalar
dissipation rate at the ﬂame tip.Triple ﬂame velocity response to variations of scalar dissipation rate
may be derived approximating the ﬂame tip by a parabolic proﬁle and using results from expansions
in paraboliccylinder coordinates.This analysis was used by Ghosal and Vervisch to include small but
ﬁnite heat release and gas expansion,the triple ﬂame velocity U
TF
may be written [45]:
U
TF
≈ S
L
(1 +α) −
β
Z
st
(1 +α)
√
4ν
F
−2
λ
ρC
p
χ
st
(51)
where α = (T
burnt
−T
fresh
)/T
burnt
is deﬁned fromthe temperatures on both sides of a stoichiometric
premixed ﬂame for the same mixture,β is the Zeldovitch number [13],ν
F
the stoichiometric coefﬁcient
of the fuel and χ
st
is measured far upstreamin the mixing layer where the triple ﬂame propagates.The
value of the scalar dissipation rate at the triple point is of the order of χ
st
/(1 +α)
2
[45].These relations
are valid for small values of α and moderate,but nonzero,values of χ
st
.The triple ﬂame velocity given
by Eq.(51) may be combined with LandauSquire solution for nonreacting laminar round jet to construct
a stability diagramfor liftoff and blowout of jet laminar diffusion ﬂames [52].
A variety of studies suggest that ﬁnite rate chemistry and quenching in nonpremixed combustion
are somehowlinked to partially premixed combustion [53].
4 Adirect analysis:Taylor’s expansion
A direct approach to describe turbulent combustion is ﬁrst discussed in this section.This simple for
malism,based on series expansion,illustrates the difﬁculties arising from the nonlinear character of
chemical sources.
Consider a simple irreversible reaction between fuel (F) and oxidizer (O):
F +s O →(1 +s)P
where the fuel mass reaction rate ˙ω
F
is expressed fromthe Arrhenius lawas:
˙ω
F
= −Aρ
2
T
b
Y
F
Y
O
exp
−
T
A
T
(52)
Ais the preexponential constant,T
A
is the activation temperature.
As the reaction rate is highly nonlinear,the averaged reaction rate
˙ω
F
cannot be easily expressed as
a function of the mean mass fractions
Y
F
and
Y
O
,the mean density
ρ and the mean temperature
T.The
ﬁrst simple idea is to expand the mean reaction rate
˙ω
F
as a Taylor series:
exp
−
T
A
T
= exp
−
T
A
T
1 +
+∞
n=1
P
n
T
n
T
n
;T
b
=
T
b
1 +
+∞
n=1
Q
n
T
n
T
n
(53)
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where P
n
and Q
n
are given by:
P
n
=
n
k=1
(−1)
n−k
(n −1)!
(n −k)![(k −1)!]
2
k
T
A
T
k
;Q
n
=
b(b +1)...(b +n −1)
n!
(54)
The mean reaction rate,
˙ω
F
becomes [54]:
˙ω
F
= −A
ρ
2
T
b
Y
F
Y
O
exp
−
T
A
T
1 +
Y
F
Y
O
Y
F
Y
O
+(P
1
+Q
1
)
Y
F
T
Y
F
T
+
Y
O
T
Y
O
T
+ (P
2
+Q
2
+P
1
Q
1
)
Y
F
T
2
Y
F
T
2
+
Y
O
T
2
Y
O
T
2
+...
(55)
Equation (55) leads to various difﬁculties.First,newquantities such as
Y
k
T
n
have to be closed us
ing algebraic expressions or transport equations.Because of non linearities,large errors exist when only
few terms of the series expansion are retained.Expression (55) is quite complicated,but is only valid
for a simple irreversible reaction and cannot be easily extended to realistic chemical schemes (at least 9
species and 19 reactions for hydrogen combustion,several hundred species and several thousand reac
tions for hydrocarbon combustion...).For these reasons,reaction rate closures in turbulent combustion
are not based on (55).Models are rather derived fromphysical analysis as discuss below.
Nevertheless,this approach is used in some simulations of supersonic reacting ﬂows [55] or to de
scribe reaction in atmospheric boundary layer where the temperature T may be roughly assumed to be
constant [56].In these situations,only the ﬁrst two terms in the series expansion are kept.Asegregation
factor,α
FO
,is then introduced:
α
FO
= −
Y
F
Y
O
Y
F
Y
O
= −
1 −
Y
F
Y
O
Y
F
Y
O
(56)
to characterize the mixing between the reactants F and O.If they are perfectly separated
Y
F
Y
O
= 0 and
α
FO
= −1.On the other hand,a perfect mixing (
Y
F
Y
O
= 0) leads to α
FO
= 0.This segregation factor
may be either postulated or providedby a balance equation (see [57] in a large eddy simulation context).
Then,the mean reaction rate becomes:
˙ω
F
= −A (1 −α
FO
)
ρ
2
T
b
Y
F
Y
O
exp
−
T
A
T
(57)
5 Scales and diagrams for turbulent combustion
5.1 Introduction
As the mean burning rate
˙ω cannot be found froman averaging of Arrhenius laws,a physical approach
is required to derive models for turbulent combustion.Turbulent combustion involves various lengths,
velocity and time scales describing turbulent ﬂowﬁeld and chemical reactions.The physical analysis is
mainly based on comparison between these scales.
The turbulent ﬂowis characterized by a Reynolds number comparing turbulent transport to viscous
forces:
Re =
u
l
t
ν
(58)
where u
is the velocity rms (related to the square root of the turbulent kinetic energy k),l
t
is the turbu
lence integral length scale and ν the kinematic viscosity of the ﬂow.
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The Damk¨ohler number compares the turbulent (τ
t
) and the chemical (τ
c
) time scales:
Da =
τ
t
τ
c
(59)
In the limit of high Damk¨ohler numbers (Da 1),the chemical time is short compared to the
turbulent one,corresponding to a thin reaction zone distorted and convected by the ﬂow ﬁeld.The
internal structure of the ﬂame is not strongly affected by turbulence and may be described as a laminar
ﬂame element called “ﬂamelet”.The turbulent structures wrinkle and strain the ﬂame surface.On the
other hand,a low Damk¨ohler number (Da 1) corresponds to a slow chemical reaction.Reactants
and products are mixed by turbulent structures before reaction.In this perfectly stirred reactor limit,the
mean reaction rate may be expressed fromArrhenius laws using mean mass fractions and temperature,
corresponding to the ﬁrst termof the Taylor’s expansion (55).
In turbulent ﬂames,as long as quenching does not occur,most practical situations correspondto high
or mediumvalues of the Damk¨ohler numbers.It is worth noting that various chemical time scales may
be encountered:fuel oxidation generally corresponds to short chemical time scales (Da 1) whereas
pollutant production or destruction such as CO oxidation or NO formation are slower.
5.2 Turbulent premixed combustion diagram
5.2.1 Introduction
The objective is to analyze premixed turbulent combustion regimes by comparing turbulence and chem
ical characteristic length and time scales.This analysis leads to combustion diagrams where various
regimes are presented as function of various dimensionless numbers [58,59,60,13,61,27].These dia
grams could be a support to select and develop the relevant combustion model for a given situation.A
formalismcombining recent analysis [60,27] is retained here.
For turbulent premixed ﬂames,the chemical time scale,τ
c
,may be estimated as the ratio of the
thickness δ
l
and the propagation speed S
L
of the laminar ﬂame
1
.Estimating the turbulent time from
turbulent integral scale characteristics (τ
t
= l
t
/u
),the Damk¨ohler number becomes:
Da =
τ
t
τ
c
=
l
t
δ
l
S
L
u
(60)
where a velocity ratio (u
/S
L
) and a length scale ratio (l
t
/δ
l
) are evidenced.
5.2.2 Combustion regimes
For large values of the Damk¨ohler number (Da 1),the ﬂame front is thin and its inner structure is
not affected by turbulence motions which only wrinkle the ﬂame surface.This ﬂamelet regime or thin
wrinkled ﬂame regime (Fig.8a) occurs when the smallest turbulence scales (i.e.the Kolmogorov scales),
have a turbulent time τ
k
larger than τ
c
(turbulent motions are too slow to affect the ﬂame structure).
This transition is described in termof the Karlovitz number Ka:
Ka =
τ
c
τ
k
=
δ
l
l
k
u
k
S
L
(61)
1
This chemical time τ
c
corresponds to the time required for the ﬂame to propagate over a distance equal to its own thickness.
This time may also be viewed as a diffusive time scale,using Eq.(34):
τ
c
=
δ
l
S
L
=
1
Re
f
δ
2
l
ν
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The size l
k
and the velocity u
k
of Kolmogorov structures are given by [62]:
l
k
=
ν
3
ε
1/4
;u
k
= (νε)
1/4
(62)
where ε is the dissipation of the turbulent kinetic energy k.The integral length scale l
t
may be written:
l
t
=
u
3
ε
(63)
using ν = δ
l
S
L
,corresponding to an unity ﬂame Reynolds number Re
f
(Eq.34),yields
Ka =
u
S
L
3/2
l
t
δ
l
−1/2
(64)
Reynolds,Re,Damk¨ohler,Da,and Karlovitz,Ka,numbers are related as:
Re = Da
2
Ka
2
(65)
and a set of two parameters (Re,Da),(Re,Ka) or (Da,Ka) are necessary to discuss regimes in the case
of premixed reactants.
The Karlovitz number also compares the ﬂame and the Kolmogorov length scales according to:
Ka =
δ
l
l
k
2
(66)
The Karlovitz number is used to deﬁne the KlimovWilliams criterion,corresponding to Ka = 1,delin
eating between two combustion regimes.This criterion was ﬁrst interpreted as the transition between
the ﬂamelet regime (Ka < 1),previously described,and the distributed combustion regime where the
ﬂame inner structure is strongly modiﬁed by turbulence motions.Arecent analysis [27] has shown that,
for Karlovitz numbers larger than unity (Ka > 1),turbulent motions become able to affect the ﬂame
inner structure but not necessarily the reaction zone.This reaction zone,where heat is released,has a
thickness δ
r
quite lower that the thermal thickness δ
l
of the ﬂame (δ
r
≈ 0.1δ
l
).The Karlovitz number
based on this reaction thickness is:
Ka
r
=
δ
r
l
k
2
=
δ
r
δ
l
2
δ
l
l
k
2
≈
1
100
δ
l
l
k
2
≈
Ka
100
(67)
Then,the following turbulent premixed ﬂame regimes are proposed [27]:
• Ka < 1:Flamelet regime or thin wrinkled ﬂame regime (Fig.8a).Two subdivisions may be
proposed depending on the velocity ratio u
/S
L
:
– (u
/S
L
) < 1:wrinkled ﬂame.As u
may be viewed as the rotation speed of the larger turbulent
motions,turbulent structures are unable to wrinkle the ﬂame surface up to ﬂame front inter
actions.The laminar propagation is predominant and turbulence/combustion interactions
remain limited.
– (u
/S
L
) > 1:wrinkled ﬂame with pockets (“corrugated ﬂames”).In this situation,larger struc
tures become able to induce ﬂame front interactions leading to pockets.
• 1 < Ka ≤ 100 (Ka
r
< 1):Thickened wrinkled ﬂame regime or thin reaction zone.In this case,
turbulent motions are able to affect and to thicken the ﬂame preheat zone,but cannot modify the
reaction zone which remains thin and close to a laminar reaction zone (Fig.8b).
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T = 300 K
T = 2000 K
turbulent flame
thickness
T = 2000 K
T = 300 K
(a)
flamelet
preheat zone
flamelet
reaction zone
Fresh gases
Burnt gases
T = 300 K
T = 2000 K
turbulent flame
thickness
T = 2000 K
T = 300 K
(b)
mean
preheat zone
mean
reaction zone
Fresh gases
Burnt gases
T = 300 K
T = 2000 K
turbulent flame
thickness
T = 2000 K
T = 300 K
(c)
mean
reaction zone
Fresh gases
Burnt gases
mean
preheat zone
Figure 8:Turbulent premixed combustion regimes as identiﬁed by Borghi and Destriau (1995).(a)
ﬂamelet (thin wrinkled ﬂame).(b) thickened wrinkled ﬂame regime.(c) thickened ﬂame regime.
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1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
100
Ka = 1
Re = 100
Re = 10
Da = 1
1
10
100
1000
• Ka > 100 (Ka
r
> 1):Thickened ﬂame regime or wellstirred reactor.In this situation,preheat
and reaction zones are strongly affectedby turbulent motions and no laminar ﬂame structure may
be identiﬁed (Fig.8c).
These various regimes are generally displayed on a logarithmic diagram(u
/S
L
;l
t
/δ
l
),similar to the
one presented on Fig.9.
5.2.3 Comments
This analysis,leading to a rough classiﬁcation of combustion regimes as a function of characteristic num
bers,has been developed as a support to derive and choose turbulent combustion models.Following
this classiﬁcation,most practical applications correspond to ﬂamelet or thickened wrinkled ﬂame regimes.
Nevertheless,such analysis are only qualitative and should be used with great care.A diagramsuch
as the one displayed on Fig.9 cannot be readily used to determine the combustion regime of a practical
systemfrom(u
/S
L
) and (δ
l
/l
t
) ratii:
• The analysis is based on the assumption of an homogeneous and isotropic turbulence unaffected
by heat release,which is not the case in combustion systems.
• Some used quantities are not clearly deﬁned.For example,the ﬂame thickness δ
l
may be based on
the thermal thickness or on the diffusive thickness.Accordingly,the limits between the various
regimes may noticeably change.
• All regime limits are based on order of magnitude estimations and not on precise derivations.For
example,the ﬂamelet regime limit could correspond to a Karlovitz number Ka = 0.1 or Ka = 10,
rather than Ka = 1.
• Various effects are not taken into account.Unsteady and curvature effects play an important role
neglected here.Turbulent premixed combustion diagrams were analyzed using direct numerical
simulations of ﬂame/vortex interactions [63].Results show that the ﬂamelet regime seems to
extend over the KlimovWilliams criterion (see Fig.9).DNS has revealed that small turbulent
scales,which are supposed in classical theories to have the strongest effects on ﬂames,have small
lifetimes because of viscous dissipation and therefore only limited effects on combustion,results
recovered experimentally [65].Peters [27] shows that the criterion Ka = 100 (i.e.Ka
r
= 1) is
in quite good agreement with the transition proposed in [63],at least when the length scale ratio,
l
t
/δ
l
,is sufﬁciently large.
• Additive length scales have been introduced in the literature.For instance the Gibson scale l
G
,to
characterize the size of the smaller vortex able to affect the ﬂame front was used [61].This length
was deﬁned as the size of the vortex having the same velocity than the laminar ﬂame speed S
L
.
• All these analysis are implicitly based on a single step irreversible reaction.In actual turbulent
combustion,a large number of chemical species and reactions are involved (several hundred
species and several thousand reactions for propane burning in air).These reactions may corre
spond to a large range of chemical time scales.For example,the propane oxidation may assumed
to be fast compared to turbulent time scale.On the other hand,the CO
2
formation from carbon
monoxide (CO) and OH radical in the burnt gases is quite slower with chemical time of the same
order than turbulent times.
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l
t
Z = Z
St
l
d
l
r
k
Oxidizer
Z = 0
Fuel
Z = 1
Figure 10:Sketch of a nonpremixed turbulent ﬂame.Z is the mixture fraction,l
d
the diffusive thickness,
l
r
the reaction zone thickness,l
t
the turbulence integral length scale and l
k
the Kolmogorov microscale.
5.3 Nonpremixed turbulent combustion diagram
5.3.1 Introduction
Two numbers,a length and a velocity ratii,have been used to identify premixed turbulent combustion
regimes.The problemis more difﬁcult in nonpremixed turbulent combustion because diffusion ﬂames
do not propagate and,therefore,exhibit no intrinsic characteristic speed.In addition,the thickness of
the ﬂame depends on the aerodynamics controlling the thickness of the local mixing layers developing
between fuel and oxidizer (§ 3.2) and no ﬁxed reference length scale can be easily identiﬁed for diffusion
ﬂames.This difﬁculty is well illustrated in the literature,where various characteristic scales have been
retained depending on the authors [66,67,31,68,69,70].These classiﬁcations of nonpremixed turbulent
ﬂames may be organized in three major groups:
• The turbulent ﬂowregime is characterized by a Reynolds number,whereas a Damk¨ohler number
is chosen for the reaction zone [71].
• The mixture fraction ﬁeld is retained to describe the turbulent mixing using
Z
2
and a Damk¨ohler
number (ratio of Kolmogorov to chemical time) characterizes the ﬂame [31].
• A velocity ratio (turbulence intensity to ﬂame speed) and a length ratio (integral scale to ﬂame
thickness) may be constructed [67] to delineate between regimes.
Additional lengths have also been introduced,using for instance thicknesses of proﬁles in mixture frac
tion space [66].
A laminar diffusion ﬂame is fully determined from a Damk¨ohler number Da
∗
= (τ
c
χ
st
)
−1
,where
the value of the chemical time τ
c
depends on the fuel chemistry [28] (§ 3.2).In this number,the scalar
dissipation rate under stoichiometric condition (Z = Z
st
),χ
st
= DZ
2
st
,measures at the same time a
mechanical time,τ
χ
= χ
−1
st
,and,a characteristic mixing length,l
d
= (D/χ
st
)
1/2
.According to asymp
totic developments [28],the reaction zone thickness is of the order of l
r
≈ l
d
(Da
∗
)
−1/(a+1)
,where a is
the order of a global onestep reaction.Because diffusion ﬂames do not feature a ﬁxed reference length,
a main difﬁculty arises when effects of unsteadiness need to be quantiﬁed.In a steady laminar ﬂame the
local rate of strain is directly related to χ
st
(and to a ﬂame thickness),however,when the velocity ﬁeld
ﬂuctuates,unsteadiness in diffusion ﬂames develops at two levels [72]:
30
r
i
u'
i
/
CASE A
CASE D
CASE B
CASE C
L F A
Da=Da
ext
Da=Da
LFA
Re
vortex
=Re
crit.
Curvature effects
+
Unsteady effects
Quenching
No quenching
Unsteady effects
No unsteady effects
LFA applies
Unsteady effects
without quenching
Curvature effects
with
Unsteady effects
Quenching
with
Unsteady effects
10
100
1000
10000
0.1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Figure 11:Nonpremixed ﬂame/vortex interaction regimes by Cuenot and Poinsot [69].This diagram
delineates the steady Laminar Flamelet Assumption (LFA) validity regions,the quenching limits and
the zone where unsteady and curvature effects are important during ﬂame vortex interaction.u
is the
level of velocity ﬂuctuations,δ
i
= l
d
is the ﬂame thickness (≈ Z
−1
),τ is a chemical time and r the
characteristic size of the vortices.
• The mixture fraction ﬁeld Z does not respond immediately to velocity ﬂuctuations,leading to
a distribution of χ
st
for given rates of strain.Because a strong correlation exists between χ
st
and
velocity gradients taken along the stoichiometric line [73],this effect is not the dominant one when
ﬁnite rate chemistry occurs.
• For ﬁnite rate chemistry,the burning rate does not follow immediately variations of χ
st
,leading
to a second level of unsteadiness,modifying the burning rate (Eq.68).
u
→
Unsteadiness in mixing
→χ
s
→
˙ω
i
unsteadiness (for Da
∗
< ∞)
(68)
Summarizing these effects in a generic diagram is an arduous task.A diagram for laminar ﬂames
submitted to curvature associatedto a time varying strainrate was obtainedby Cuenot andPoinsot from
DNS results of ﬂame/vortex interaction [69].In this diagrampresented on Fig.11,the ﬂame thickness
is δ
i
≈ l
d
,whereas r and u
denote respectively the characteristic size and velocity of the vortex pair.
This analysis evidences two limiting Damk¨ohler numbers,Da
LFA
and Da
ext
.When Da
∗
is larger than
Da
LFA
,the ﬂame front may be viewed as a steady laminar ﬂame element and its inner structure is not
affectedby vortices.On the other hand,when Da
∗
≤ Da
ext
,ﬂame extinction occurs.In the intermediate
Damk¨ohler number range (i.e.Da
ext
< Da
∗
< Da
LFA
),strong unsteadiness effects are observed.In a
nonpremixed turbulent ﬂame,the reaction zones develop within a mean mixing zone whose thickness
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Re
Da
1
Laminar
Flamelet
Unsteady effects
Quenching
Da = Da
ext
*
Da = Da
LFA
*
Figure 12:Schematic of nonpremixed turbulent combustion regimes as function of the Damk¨ohler num
ber Da = τ
t
/τ
c
(constructed fromthe turbulent integral time scale τ
t
and chemical time τ
c
) and Re the
turbulent Reynolds number.
l
z
is of the order of the turbulent integral length scale l
t
(Fig.10):
l
z
≈ 
Z
−1
≈ l
t
≈
k
3/2
ε
(69)
Turbulent small scale mixing mainly depends on both velocity ﬂuctuations,transporting the isoZ sur
faces (stirring),and diffusion between these isosurfaces that compose the mixing layer of thickness l
d
,
with
l
d
≈
D
χ
st
1/2
(70)
where χ
st
denotes the conditional value of the scalar dissipation rate χ for Z = Z
st
.
When transport of species and heat by velocity ﬂuctuations is faster than transfer in the diffusion
ﬂame,a departure fromlaminar ﬂamelet is expected.Also,when the Kolmogorov scale l
k
is of the order
of the ﬂame thickness,the inner structure of the reaction zone may be modiﬁed by the turbulence.As
diffusion ﬂame scales strongly depend on the local ﬂowmotions,one may write:
l
d
≈ α
1
l
k
and χ
st
≈
α
2
τ
k
(71)
where α
1
≥ 1 and α
2
≤ 1 (the maximumlocal strain rate would correspond to l
d
= l
k
).
Then using τ
t
/τ
k
=
√
Re,the Damk¨ohler number comparing turbulent ﬂame scale and chemical
ﬂame scale is recast as:
Da =
τ
t
τ
c
=
τ
t
τ
k
τ
k
τ
c
≈
τ
t
τ
k
α
2
χ
st
τ
c
≈ α
2
√
ReDa
∗
(72)
Constant Damk¨ohler numbers Da
∗
correspond to lines of slope 1/2 in a loglog (Da,Re).When the
chemistry is sufﬁciently fast (large Da values),the ﬂame is expected to have a laminar ﬂame structure.
This condition may be simply expressed as Da
∗
≥ Da
LFA
On the other hand,for large chemical times
(i.e.when Da
∗
≤ Da
ext
),extinction occurs.Laminar ﬂames are encountered for lowReynolds numbers
(Re < 1).Results are summarized in Fig.12.
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In a practical combustion devices,α
1
and α
2
would evolve in space and time according to ﬂow
ﬂuctuations,velocity and scalar energetic spectra.In a given burner,it is likely that one may observe at
different locations,or consequently,ﬂamelet behavior and strong unsteadiness,or even quenching.
As the classiﬁcation of premixed turbulent ﬂames,these considerations are limited by the numerous
hypothesis necessary to derive the regimes.
6 Tools for turbulent combustion modeling
6.1 Introduction
The mean heat release rate is one of the main quantities of practical interest that should be approximated
by turbulent combustion models.The simplest and more direct approachis to develop the chemical rate
in Taylor series as a function of species mass fractions and temperature (Eq.55).This analysis is limited
by its low accuracy and by the rapidly growing complexity of the chemistry (§ 4).It is then concluded
that the nonlinear character of the problemrequires the introduction of newtools.
These new tools must be designed to describe turbulent ﬂames and have to provide estimation of
mean production or consumption rates of chemical species.They also need to be based on known quan
tities (mean ﬂow characteristics,for example) or on quantities that may be easily modeled or obtained
fromclosed balance equations.In this section,a generic description of the main concepts used to model
turbulent combustion is proposed.Relations between the various approaches are also emphasized,but
the discussion of the closure strategy is postponed to subsequent sections.
The basic ingredients to describe turbulent ﬂames remainthe quantities introducedfor laminar ﬂame
analysis:the progress variable c for premixed combustion (c = 0 in fresh gases and c = 1 in burnt gases,
see § 3.1),and,the mixture fraction Z for nonpremixed ﬂames (Z is a passive scalar,with Z = 0 in
pure oxidizer and Z = 1 in pure fuel,see § 3.2).The ﬂame position would correspond to values of the
progress variable c lying between 0 and 1,or,to Z taking on values in the vicinity of Z = Z
st
.
Three main types of approaches are summarized on Fig.13:
• The burning rate may be quantiﬁed in terms of turbulent mixing.When the Damk¨ohler number
Da = τ
t
/τ
c
,comparing turbulent (τ
t
) and chemical (τ
c
) characteristic times,is large (a common
assumption in combustion modeling),the reaction rate is limited by turbulent mixing,described
in terms of scalar dissipation rates [74].The small scale dissipation rate of species controls the
mixing of the reactants and,accordingly,play a dominant role in combustion modeling,even for
ﬁnite rate chemistry.
• In the geometrical analysis,the ﬂame is described as a geometrical surface,this approach is usu
ally linked to a ﬂamelet assumption (the ﬂame is thin compared to all ﬂowscales).Following this
view,scalar ﬁelds (c or Z) are studied in terms of dynamics and physical properties of isovalue
surfaces deﬁned as ﬂame surfaces (isoc
∗
or isoZ
st
).The ﬂame is then envisioned as an interface
between fuel and oxidizer (nonpremixed) or between fresh and burnt gases (premixed).A ﬂame
normal analysis is derived by focusing the attention on the structure of the reacting ﬂowalong the
normal to the ﬂame surface.This leads to ﬂamelet modeling when this structure is compared to
onedimensional laminar ﬂames.The density of ﬂame surface area per unit volume is also useful
to estimate the burning rate.
• The statistical properties of scalar ﬁelds may be collected and analyzed for any location within
the ﬂow.Mean values and correlations are then extracted via the knowledge of onepoint proba
bility density functions (pdf).The determination of these pdfs leads to pdf modeling.Aonepoint
statistical analysis restricted to a particular value of the scalar ﬁeld is related to the study of condi
tional statistics.Conditional statistics which are obviously linked to the geometrical analysis and
to ﬂame surfaces when the conditioning value is c
∗
or Z
st
.
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Flame normal analysis:
Gather information in the
direction normal to the
flame surface
n
X
Geometrical analysis
Isosurface:
Study topology and dynamics of
isolevel surfaces
Premixed:isoprogress variable
Nonpremixed:isomixture fraction
Fresh gases
c = 0
Burnt gases
c = 1
c = c
fl
Premixed: c
Fuel
Z = 1
Oxidizer
Z = 0
Z = Z
st
Nonpremixed: Z
Fresh gases
c = 0
Fuel
Z = 1
Burnt gases
c = 1
Oxidizer
Z = 0
Turbulent mixing
Quantify the molecular mixing
using scalar dissipation rate
of c or Z
Onepoint statistical
analysis
Collect information at
every point of the flow
Figure 13:Three types of analysis for premixed or nonpremixed turbulent ﬂames.
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6.2 Scalar dissipation rate
In a ﬁrst step,the transport equation for
c
2
or
Z
2
are derived,these ﬂuctuations characterize non
homogeneities and intermittencies.In the case of the progress variable,the variance
c
2
is deﬁned as:
ρ
c
2
=
ρ(c −c)
2
=
ρ
c
2
−c
2
=
ρc
2
−
ρc
2
(73)
Starting fromthe balance equation for the progress variable (Eq.36),c is decomposed into c = c+c
,
then the newequation is multiplied by c
and averaged.After straightforward manipulations,the exact
transport equation for
c
2
reads:
∂
ρ
c
2
∂t
+∙
ρu
c
2
+∙
ρ
u
c
2
= ∙
ρDc
2
+2
c
∙ (ρDc)
−2
ρ
u
c
∙ c
Production
−2
ρDc
∙ c
Dissipation
+ 2
˙ωc
Source
(74)
In addition to the two diffusive terms ∙
ρDc
2
and 2
c
∙ (ρDc),which are non zero,but
expected small for large Reynolds number ﬂows (especially the second one),two important terms are
found:The ﬂuctuating part of the scalar dissipation rate 2
ρDc
∙ c
and a correlation
˙ωc
involving
the chemical source.
In the literature,various expressions have been associated to the terminology
scalardissipationrate
(in laminar ﬂame theory,it actually quantiﬁes a diffusion speed § 3.2).It may include the density ρ,a
factor 2 and be written in termof instantaneous (c) or ﬂuctuating (c
) values of the concentration species.
Thereafter:
ρχ =
ρDc ∙ c =
ρDc ∙ c +2
ρDc
∙ c +
ρDc
∙ c
leading to,when mean gradients are neglected:
ρχ ≈
ρDc
∙ c
(75)
Then,
ρχ is the dissipation rate of the ﬂuctuations of the scalar ﬁeld.
In the simpliﬁed case of homogeneous ﬂames (no c or
Z gradient),the time evolution of the scalar
variances are governed by:
Premixed combustion:
d
ρ
c
2
dt
= −2
ρDc
∙ c
+2
˙ωc
Nonpremixed combustion:
d
ρ
Z
2
dt
= −2
ρDZ
∙ Z
These equations have important implications:
• The scalar dissipation rate directly measures the decaying speed of ﬂuctuations via turbulent mi
cromixing.Since the burning rate depends on the contact between the reactants,in any models,
the scalar dissipation rate enters directly or indirectly the expression for the mean burning rate.
For instance,when assuming very fast chemistry and a combustion limited by mixing,the mean
burning rate is proportional to the scalar dissipation rate of Z or c.
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• Within a premixed system,turbulent mixing occurs between fresh and burnt gases.One may then
expect a very strong coupling between mixing phenomena and chemical reaction.This is observed
in the equation for
c
2
where,at the same time,χ and the chemical source
˙ωc
are involved.
• In a nonpremixed ﬂame,fresh fuel and fresh oxidizer have to be mixed at the molecular level for
reacting and the ﬂame is mainly controlled by turbulent mixing occurring between the fresh gases.
In consequence,there is no chemical source acting on the evolution of
Z
2
.The mixture fraction
Z is sensitive to chemistry only via density change,making the coupling between chemistry and
mixing different than in the case of premixed combustion.
This preliminary analysis shows that dissipation rate of scalars is a very key concept of turbulent
combustionand,directly or indirectly,χappears in any tools usedto model ﬂames.The main stumbling
block in turbulent combustion modeling and bridges between the various modeling concepts emerge
through the scalar dissipation rate.
6.3 Geometrical description
The ﬂame front is here described as a geometrical entity.This analysis is generally linked to the as
sumption of a sufﬁciently thin ﬂame,viewed as an interface between fresh and burnt gases in premixed
combustion or as an interface between fuel and oxidizer in nonpremixed situations.Two formalisms
have been proposed:ﬁeld equation or ﬂame surface density concept.
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